Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers and he ended up in Egypt in the house of Potiphar. However, when Potiphar’s wife accused him of attempted rape he was placed in prison—wrongly convicted. It is interesting that Potiphar’s wife pointed to Joseph’s ethnicity twice in her accusation. Why do you think she did that? Who would be more likely believed—the wife of one of Pharoah’s military officers, or the Hebrew slave? What power did Joseph have within the justice system of Egypt?
Who in our day are most likely to have experiences similar to Joseph? Though God was with Joseph throughout his experience and ultimately used it for good, no one should be falsely accused and wrongfully convicted and imprisoned.
Link HERE to read the full story of Maurice Patterson, wrongfully convicted of murder in 2002. The proof of Mr. Patterson’s innocence was always available, but no one bothered to place it into evidence—including Mr. Patterson’s court-appointed lawyer. Mr. Patterson was finally released from prison in 2010, having served 6 years for a crime he did not commit. What factors do you think led to Mr. Patterson’s wrongful conviction?